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obama will lay out his case to move forward in afghanistan. how he wants to do it and why americans should support his decision. a new "usa today" gallup poll says that won't be easy. asked if they approve of the president's handling of afghanistan 35% said they approve while 55% say they disapprove. for context on this mike viquera live from the white house. he won't be talking to americans here, he is talking to congress, too, right? >> that is a great point. among members of his own party. it is a tough ask for them. they've had the climate change bill, the health care bill. from the time the obama administration came in there have bin flew enshl democrats on capitol hill who said we are not going to fund these wars in iraq and afghanistan, we want answers and timelines. democrats came into power both in congress and the white house president obama saying they were going to de-emphasize the war in iraq and start emphasizing the war in afghanistan after all this is where the people who came and attacked this country on 9/11 were. this is where the plot was hatched. the president a
this surtax, he went so far as to send obama a copy of john kennedy's "the rise and fall of great powers," as well. there is certainly some measure of support, whether it has any chance of passing, i think that's another story. >> and anna, we've heard the president complain about the leaks that have been coming out of these meetings, but i'm just curious. do we know anymore about what peter orszag said or what was asked of him in that meeting? >> i think we still know a little bit, but certainly he was emphasizing the costs. he's made it clear, he was at a conference earlier this month and said that, as you had said earlier, every 10,000 troops is going to entail a cost of about $10 billion and he said that was very roughly speaking, but, i mean, i think that gets at the cost. they wanted to make it clear that he was a big part of the discussion. >> very interesting. anna mulrine, thank you very much, "u.s. news & world report". >> tamron, the politics is so fascinating. they can box in the president by saying, okay, at a time when everyone is concerned about deficits, if this is someth
president obama on afghanistan on a day when we know president obama now intends to announce his decision next week. good afternoon, everybody. i'm david shuster live in washington. >> there are several reports regarding the number of troops the president plans on sending to afghanistan. we'll talk much more about it. good afternoon. i'm tamron hall live in new york. david in the picture right now, president obama said today he intends to finish the job in afghanistan while dismantling al qaeda's ability to plot attacks against america. nbc news has learned the president is expected to announce his new plan for afghanistan as david mentioned next week, as early as december 1st. several news agencies including mcclach chi newspapers and the associated press report the president will send between 30 and 35,000 more u.s. troops to that region. >> i will be making an announcement to the american people about how we intend to move forward. i will be doing so shortly. i feel very confident that when the american people hear a clear rationale for what we're doing there and how we intend to achie
not followed properly at one check point. new this morning, the top u.s. and nato commander says obama is engaged in a process as he weighs the request for more troops. mcchrystal has questioned up to 40,000 more troops, and obama will reveal his plan for the question in a live time speech on tuesday. savannah, what are you hearing about the president's address for tuesday? >> reporter: we will hear a long speech, probably 30 or 40 minutes, and we will hear about time frames for certain goals and benchmarks to be met. these will be shorter timeframes than originally proposed to the president. this is something that he leaned hard on. they are looking at exit strategies from afghanistan. but we will not hear about a hard deadline for withdrawal. the president is expected to order tends of thousands of more troops. we do not know the exact number. we reported the president has decided he has arrived at that figure. the military is expecting something around the range of 30,000, and could be less or more, and that's close, but not all of the troops that general mcchrystal requested. he wa
are taking you onto the white house red carpet, the politics, fashion and food at the obamas' very first state dinner. >> thanks to the interventions of malia and sasha, because i was planning to eat this sucker, courage will also be spared. >> next stop, disneyland. first, it was the presidential pardon, now it is first class to disney, a parade and happily ever after. this is one lucky turkey on thanksgiving. the big picture starts now. >>> still that weird thing off his mouth, how lucky is? he good afternoon, i'm jeff rossen. david has the day off. i'm tamron hall. we begin with the holiday travel and the big picture, the troubled economy is changing the way millions of americans travel on what is one of the busiest travel days of the year. more than 38 million people are traveling right now for the thanksgiving holiday. a majority of those are on the road. aaa says the economy is a big reason for that choice, families looking for cheaper alternatives are taking a toll on the nation's air linesful thanksgiving air travel dropped a staggering 25% since 2007. at chicago's o'hare airport
much. >>> this hour president obama and prime minister singh will hold a joint news conference. that is ahead. set to start at 11:35 eastern time and we will have it for you live here on msnbc. >>> dick cheney is yet again challenging president obama's leadership and his decision making when it comes to the war strategy in afghanistan. cheney, again, repeating his earlier accusation that the president has, quote, dithered when it comes to that strategy but he is also questioning the experience level of the president and his cabinet. here is what the former vp said on the scott hanen radio show just yesterday. >> he was given a strategy that was pretty well put together at the end of our administration, just recommendations. he adopted many of them, announced the strategy in march, reinforced it in august before the speech to the vfw and then in the fall, when it's time to decide, based on mcchrystal's recommendations, he has dithered. >> we're getting word the top u.s. general in afghanistan and the u.s. ambassador to that country are expected to testify before congress. that i
political fallout to come? >>> a war surtax as president obama considers sending more troops to afghanistan, new questions about who will pay for the move. now democrats opposed to the troop increase say that if mr. obama wants to move forward, he should raise taxes. >>> washington's oscars. the president and first lady host their first state dinner at the white house. the official guest list guarded until just hours before the dinner, but details are coming out, including how the obamas are putting their own touch on the ultraexclusive event. >>> plus, at the american music awards adam lambert's performance featured leather, leashes and a male on male liplock. did this performance cross the line? the big picture starts right now. >>> good afternoon, everybody. good afternoon. i'm david schuster live in washington. >> we start out with breaking news. mark sanford is facing 37 charges that he broke state laws limiting official use of airplanes and campaign money. the second term republican governor has been under scrutiny since he vanished for five days last summer, reappearing to tearfully
viewers, have enriched my life beyond all measure. >> wow. she helps get barack obama into the white house. now oprah winfrey is getting out of the broadcast television. we'll get the latest reaction to the big's announcement to the queen that is on tv. >>> good day, everybody. i'm john harwood of cnbc and "the new york times." >> i'm norah o'donnell and this is the new york times special edition. >>> welcome back. this is sarah palin. a lot of news was made on that front. we'll get to the news during this show. >> on the front page this hour, president obama back home with a full agenda. >> that's right. you know, on nearly every front he has the sprint to the thanksgiving deadline. everybody that was on the trip, i mean, it was an eight-day trip to asia. the afghanistan troop strategy still hangs in the balance with the president promising a final decision in the coming weeks. >>> on capitol hill, it is do or die for the health care bill with some fears of a filibuster by republicans. a procedural vote is set for tomorrow night. nbc news kelly o'connell is on capitol
of the obama presidency. the secret service is investigating. the preliminary findings were that security procedures were not followed at one of the check points but the secret service will not elaborate. i think probably what's going on behind the scenes is they are trying to figure out was this the fault of the secret service, or was this a problem with the white house social staff in terms of the guest list. in terms of the guest list, one thing is clear, the couple was not on it. they managed to get in there, take pictures with high profile people including the vice president twice, the chief of staff rahm emanuel, and they very much looked the part, dressed to the nines and apparently fit right in except for the fact they weren't on the guest list. a lot of questions raised here at the white house today, alex. >> what about any charges here? if it's not the secret service's fault, are there possible charges coming their way? >> reporter: obviously we have to see what the facts are. i think if there is a trespass and you're on the white house grounds improperly, under fraud you lent p
. >> hey, tamron, i'm david schuster live in washington. and in the "big picture" president obama will talk about a request from the commander about more troops in afghanistan. this as a powerful democratic lawmaker is warning the war to endanger the domestic agenda, especially the economy and health care. today, the democratic chairman of the house appropriations committee told nbc news that if mr. obama wants to raise troop levels in afghanistan, the president is going to have to impose a new income tax to pay for it. >> on the merits, i think it's a mistake to deepen our involvement. but if we are going to do that, then at least we ought to pay for it, because if we don't, if we don't pay for it, then the costs of the afghan war will wipe out every other initiative that we have to try to rebuild our own economy. >> as it stands, the u.s. military operations in afghanistan are costing $5.6 billion per month, and figure the figure will be doubled. while the democrats against generaling up the war in afghanistan are trying to box in the president, today white house correspondent robert gibb
. is geithner part of the problem or solution? >>> plus, after eight days in asia, president obama's due back at the white house this hour, where he will be greeted by a new challenge from iran. mahmoud ahmadinejad's still refuses to come clean about iran's nuclear program. >> we have begun discussions with our international partners about the importance of having consequences. >>> and is it a sign of the times when an old man with an oxygen tank feels he has no other choice than to try to rob a bank? all of that and more this hour only on msnbc. good afternoon, i'm tamron hall, live in new york. >> i'm david shuster, live in washington. and in "the big picture" this hour, health care reform legislation is now on track for a dramatic procedural vote in the u.s. senate. today majority leader harry reid began a process that will culminate on saturday with senators deciding whether to let the legislation continue to debate. reid and his leadership colleagues, who led a rally this afternoon on capitol hill, are not certain they have the 60 votes they need for this early test but their confidence
information leading to his arrest. >> now to "the big picture" this hour, president obama is putting the final touches on his afghan policy speech. this time tomorrow, the president will fly to the u.s. military academy at west point in new york, and will tell a nationwide prime time television audience how he proposes the united states will win the war. as it stands, there are 68,000 u.s. troops in afghanistan, and there's every indication today that mr. obama will announce he plans to deploy an additional 30,000 to 35,000 u.s. troops. back in august, general stanley mcchrystal, the top u.s. commander in if afghanistan, argued that a troop increase was essential, and that the u.s. had a window of a year or less to stabilize the country before the cause would be lost. today at the white house, spokesman robert gibbs gave a broad preview of the president's speech. >> the president will reiterate the importance of why we're there. but also, by all means, very early on acknowledge the tremendous cost and sacrifice to our men and women in uniform. >> as the white house prepares for tomorrow night'
will be providing about an additional 5,000 troops, which gives president obama a little bit of wiggle room to maybe go somewhat lower than he might otherwise have, below the 40,000 that general mcchrystal originally subjected. >> michael shear and barry mccaffrey, thank you very much. happy thanksgiving to you. >>> following breaking news in utah county, a rescue team working to free a man trapped in a cave. the 26-year-old is stuck 150 feet underground in what's called the nutty putty cave, in a narrow part of the cave known as the birth canal. police say he has been trapped 11 hours. rescuers are using air-powered tools to chip away the rock that's around him. as soon as we get more information about his situation, we will bring that to you. >>> let's talk travel here, in case you are finishing up your suitcases or putting on the car carrier before you head out for the holiday, we have a live shot from newark liberty international airport in new jersey, looks like it is a little foggy out there 2 million people traveling by air this weekend but air travel is way down, 7% according to aaa. it says
% of americans surveyed disapprove of the way president obama is handling health care reform and when it comes to the version of health care reform that passed in the house of representatives, look at that just 35% of voters approve of it. mike viqueira joins us now, polls, strong words from boehner, but in the end, harry reed is not certain he has the votes to bring this to a debate where does this really stand in your perspective? >> i tell you it is really amazing, saturday around here is going to be a nail biter like you very seldom have seen. you know the story, need 60 of 00 senators get this thing, even on the floor to start the debate about health care reform in the senate, tamron if they get that 60 it is called cloture or a motion to proceed. they will take another month, up until christmas, all likelihood to dewait this thing and we can expect republicans to throw up every procedural roadblock in the book they possibly can. they think the politics -- right on the politics of this. they think they are right on the policy of this. there was a gastronomic theme among republican leaders
't it? >> all right. thank you very much. talk to you later. as president obama gets ready to unveil the new afghanistan strategy, a new senate report looks at a crucial failure in the battle against al qaeda in the months after 9/11 saying osama bin laden quote within our grasp in late 2001 when military leaders decided not to pursue him with massive force saying the escape helped lay the foundation for reinvigorated insurgence and enflamed the strife that threatens pakistan. >>> across the country, millions of americans are heading home after the thanksgiving holiday and aaa says nearly 38 million took trips this thanksgiving weekend. most of them traveling by car, 33.2 million in all. and we're looking at i-4 right now live in orlando, florida, where it looks pretty good right now on the roadways. might be less hectic at the airports. about 2 million people traveling by air this weekend. thanksgiving air travel dropped a staggering 25% since 2007. we'll have a live report coming up on that. >>> what will the weather be like for the travelers? the weather channel's carl parker join
. for a whole mouth clean. colgate: recommended by dentists. >>> this hour on msnbc, a first at the obama's first state dinner. it's not something the white house is proud of. how two d.c. socialites were able to crash the party. we're going to visit with troops in iraq and afghanistan. plus, if you thought black friday was the day for deals, think again. how retailers are shifting strategy in this recession. good morning once again. happy thanksgiving. thanks for joining us. i'm alex witt. we're starting this hour with a security breach at the white house. a virginia couple walked right on into president obama's state dinner, they were uninvited. only found out after posting the pictures on facebook. secret service says the president was never at risk. savannah guthrie is at the white house. with a good morning to you. what in the world happened? how did these two get in? >> reporter: that's what the secret service is investigating. the preliminary findings are that proper procedures weren't followed at one of the check points but there is a huge question of how this couple could get pas
but managed to slip through white house security. and this is a big deal. especially for the obama administration, this week we're expecting obama to make an announcement about the international security plans for the future yet we have a white house that can't even secure its own front gates. there are many people who would love to get into a white house state dinner and that's very interesting to people. they got into the blue room and posed with high-level local politicians. they're known as socialites and owe money to high-end vendors in the washington area. apparently they haven't paid the bills in a little while. they have quite a long court history of civil suits lined up. and this is something that's all come to light now that the secret service is taking a look into their past. >> yeah. a few of the things coming to light regarding michaele says shaes former model, largest shoe collection in washington, d.c. wow. there's some controversy over the claims, notably, the claim to be a pro cheerleader, right? >> that's right t. washington redskins cheerleading association says
crashed president obama's first state dinner. can you believe it? this morning what looked like a harmless prank is raising serious concerns at the white house. >>> thousands of u.s. troops are spending this thanksgiving at war. we're going to take you live to afghanistan to find out how our service men and women feel about potentially adding thousands more to the fight. >>> a turkey day tradition floats back into manhattan. you know what we're talking about. we are live at the 83rd macy's thanksgiving day parade. >>> and move over zhu zhu pet, there's competition this holiday season. we're going to run down the must have toys, and the list may surprise you. a very happy thanksgiving to all of you. i'm alex witt. thanks for joining us. >>> we're going to begin our coverage with the white house party crashers. this is the first time ever someone has snuck into a state dinner, let alone two people. the culprits are a virginia couple who some say they want to be reality tv stars. now they might be facing major charges. we're going to have a live report from nbc news white house correspondent
they need to finish the fight. >>> plus, president obama facing an incredible week as he prepares to announce his long-awaited strategy for the war in afghanistan. >>> will those white house party crashers face charges? new details emerging now about the fame-obsessed couple and now at least two lawmakers are calling for a criminal investigation. >>> good morning. i'm monica novotny. >> i'm tamron hall. >>> developing story out of washington state. the suspect of an ambush on police near seattle is now said to be nowhere to be found. police thought 37-year-old maurice clemmons was held up in a seattle home but can't find him now. he is accused of shooting four police officers execution style in a suburban seattle coffee shop and nearly a decade ago, clemmons prison sentence of 60 years was commuted by former arkansas governor mike huckabee. nbc george lewis is live in parkland, washington. police thought the man was held up in the home and not the case so where are they searching? >> they are searching the neighborhood and looking at the add joining houses in that area. they were
for roland burris. you know he succeeded barack obama for the illinois seat. he was appointed by then governor rod blagojevich who has been indicted. and what we know now is that roland burris is commenting on what is considered a public letter of qualified admonition. that means the senate ethics committee has reviewed all of his conduct and they are giving him a reprimand. this is one of the milder forms of reprimand. this is not the type that would rise to the level of being expelled from the senate but this is significant. burris says this. i am pleased that the numerous investigations this matter has finally come to a close. i thank the members of the senate ethics committee for their fair and thorough review of this matter and i look forward to continuing the important work ahead on behalf of the people of illinois. now, part of what happens here is that this goes back to when he gave testimony before the illinois state senate. now, you remember there were a lot of questions about how about roland burris get the appointment by the governor who was clouded then. now, reme
? >> yes, we are. the big story this hour, president obama is giving hints about his decision on what he wants to do next in afghanistan. >> during a news conference with india's prime minister today, the president said he'd make an announcement after thanksgiving. he said the buck will stop with him. >> after eight years, some of those years in which we did not have, i think, either the resources or the strategy to get the job done, it is my intention to finish the job. >> there's been a lot of talk about how much a troop surge is going to cost. it looks as though the white house is addressing those concerns with budget director peter orszag seen in this picture at last night's war council meeting. joining us, mike viqueira. what does he bring? >> a pair of green eye shades. he was the cbo director before he came over here in the new democratic administration who understands the governmental budget process and how much all of this is likely to cost. there was talk about the iraqi burn rate for many years now when the democrats were challenging president bush on how much that cost. $6 bi
credit expires in april so i'm curious if the obama white house is going to extend that beyond april. that's what a lot of people would like to see but it could contribute to the numbers not exactly accurate picture what is happening with home sales. >> back to the possibility of a second stimulus as you pointed out and ms others they would not call it that because of the reaction the first stimulus people don't believe that in some cases it was large enough, others say it has not worked. what kind of support would there be out there for a second stimulus from democrats, especially the moderates? >> it's a great question. i mean, i think that you had a lot of support for this right when it passed in the winter right when the president took office but it is a tougher political climate and coming up on the midterm congressional elections. if they phrased it in the form of tax credits or more tax cuts for workers, i think that might be popular. obviously, extending unemployment benefits is something, i think, they are taking a serious look at so it's taking shape but i do think they wil
, even though more than half of u.s. states added jobs in october. and president obama's approval rating is below 50% in two major polls. gallup says the president's approval is at 49% down from 68% when he first took office. i'm joined now live from washington by the white house reporter for "the washington post." good morning, ann. >> good morning. >> let's get to what gallup says about the numbers saying it is not a statistical development because the approval has already been at or near 50%. however, it is a symbolic development. >> it's been drifting down, his approval ratings pretty much ever since he took office. it's kind of no surprise that eventually it was going to tick down below the 50% mark. it's kind of like the unemployment rate. we knew it was going to rise above 10% but when it did finally it actually mattered. we're seeing that happen. the white house of course is going to downplay what this really means. i think it's almost natural for any president in office a full year with also having the control of congress for the public to be wary but it's not a good development
surrounding the senator who filled barack obama's seat. >>> we have never seen owe behave this way before. have you ever felt this way before? >> and tom cruise will have to find another couch to jump on. the queen of talk says after 25 years she is ending her talk show. but is it really good-bye? >>> plus, a teenager says he would rather be punished than stay with his dad. but did a judge go too far? it's today's crossing the line as the big picture starts right now. >>> good afternoon, everybody. good afternoon, tamron. i'm david shuster live in washington. >> hey, david. i'm tamron hall live in new york. we begin with big breaking news. south carolina lawmakers will formally now consider impeaching governor mark sanford for the first time next week. a panel of lawmakers will begin meetings tuesday. the state's house judiciary committee could hold an initial vote by christmas. sanford is accused of direlection of duty. many speculated mark sanford would be able to survive and ride out his term, but it appears many in south carolina want some type of action and this has been a call, not
dinner by the obama white house. perhaps he means that's evidence enough to know that they were so-called "cleared" into the white house. apparently, they were not invited. there's very little dispute about that. the secret service has interviewed this couple, the salahis, michaele and tareq, yesterday, we understand. they may or may not be making an appearance on television in terms of an interview program. what we do know is that they are under investigation and they face potentially serious charges, although it's unclear what, if anything, is going to happen in terms of those charges, criminal charges or not. at the very least, people are talking about lying to a police officer. they snuck into the white house, they got past the first secret service uniformed officer at the southeast gate. apparently, that officer thought that the next officer would check them. they did not. there you see the result, walking in the red carpet, as it were. this is called the booksellers area of the white house, down in the basement. making their glamorous entrance. this pair of socialites here, n
that the american people want this. the american people voted for president obama to get health care coverage and i think the democrats have to deliver. if they don't do this, i think the democrats are doomed next year. i'm sure something will happen. >> do you think it will happen by the end of the year? that fast? >> i'm not sure about the end of the year. people talking the end of december and beginning of january. you can never tell by these things. we thought something would be done by the end of the summer and the deadline gets pushed back and so it doesn't happy to predict on these things. >> keith, the president reveals his plan in the prime time address from westpoint about afghanistan. what do you expect to hear from the president in terms of details? >> i think the president is going to lay out a clear vision vision of what pros and cons going into afghanistan and pinning additional troops he wants to put in there and tells es what he hopes to achieve. i think a viable afghan government and strong afghan military and the reduction of the presence of the taliban and al qaeda. those have t
there. >>> on the eve of president obama's prime time speech, david, on afghanistan, he spent today laying out his plans with his national security team and talking to american alice, including the prime minister of great britain and the president of france. here at home it has become clear the politics could make the expected escalation of the war a tough sell, especially among the president's supporters. but senator carl levin, democrat of michigan, says the need is for more afghan troops. >> i was in afghanistan, i was told that the greatest need in afghanistan is for more afghan troops. the key here is an afghan surge, not an american surge. >> meanwhile, republicans, like senator richard lugar say escalating the war may mean new taxes and holding off on health care reform. >> the war is terribly important. jobs and our economy are terribly important. so, this may be an audacious suggestion, but i would suggest we put aside the health care debate until next year, the same way we put cap and trade and climate change and talk now about the essentials, the war and money. >> obvious
. this was the obama's first, and everyone was watching. >> general and mrs. powell. >> reporter: the guest list looked like a who's who of global celebrities, colin powell, steven spielberg, deepak chopra. >> mr. and mrs. salahi. >> reporter: wait. who? >> mr. and mrs. salahi. >> reporter: the names tareq and michaela salahi were nowhere on it. there they were, up dating photo on their facebook page, with vice president biden, chief of staff rahm emanual, with vice president biden again, even with marine guards. so, who are they? if you check youtube, you can find their wedding video. "the washington post" describes them as polo playing socialites best known for the feud over a virginia winery. and their upcoming roles in a reality tv show, "real housewives of washington." the cable channel owned by the parent company of this network declined to comment. how did they get into the white house? the secret service says it's looking into a report that individuals not on the guest list were admitted to the event. but insists neither the president nor any of the guests were ever in danger. a spokesman sayin
obama. the secret service in the aftermath of all of this after initially saying there was no risk to anybody, saying now that they are deeply embarrassed and concerned about this breach in security. so, the salahis marketing themselves, you know, they live in northern virginia. we've been staking out, they have been laying low after splashing all of those pictures across the internet. you look at michaele's facebook page, claims to have been a model for victoria's secret among them, victoria's secret refuting that claim. she claims to be an alumna of the washington redskins cheerleaders, people from this area and that organization near and dear to us, but they, the redskins, say they have no record of her being there. she's crashed apparently some of those washington redskins alumna parties so there is a pattern and practice here, alex, no question about it. meantime, the secret service investigation has continued, is continuing, nbc learned that the couple has been interviewed by the secret service and the secret service says that they could have -- decide whether or not to charg
a secret nuclear facility. in addition, it says it had serious kconditions. and president obama will make one of the biggest speeches on his presidency tuesday night at west point. he will unveil details of the war strategy in afghanistan, which is expected to include a massive increase in troop levels, as well as how to end the war before he leaves office. retired army colonel jack jacobs, he is now an msnbc military analysts. good morning to you. we said in the lead, expected to end the war before he leaves office. the president says it will not go on eight or nine more years. but the exit strategy, how important is it that he not reveal his hand? >> well, he cannot reveal his hand. it's going to be one of these subjective evaluations that says that certain areas are secure, and tribal leaders are in control of their regions. there is economic development, and there is little threat any more from the taliban or al qaeda in the region in specific areas. that's all subjective. that will come after some period of time, but i don't think the president can be very specific about it. >> the p
, and president obama wants to have some answers as well as to how in the world this happened. you work at the white house and it's no small fete for you to get into the white house and you go there every day. >> i have a white house hard pass so i simply show my id to the secret service when i arrive at the white house every day. i enter a code into their computer and i go through a turnstile, that of course is after going through a magnatometer. i see officials at the west wing of the white house who need to be cleared. if you don't have an appointment, if you're not on a list, you have to wait outside the white house until they get confirmation that you are allowed to be in the white house. shaquille o'neal showed up at this appointment gate unannounced, uninvited and said he would like to see the president and he was turned away. even a person like shaquille o'neal did not make it past white house security, past the secret service. this couple from virginia obviously did, based upon all the pictures that we see on their facebook page and a lot of questions still need to be answered.
there to washington now and the reality tv wannabes who snuck into the white house state dinner. the obama administration has now released this photo of the salahis cozying up to the president. the secret service says it's embarrassed over the incident. good morning to you, mike. let's figure out what we know about the salahis, first of all what makes them socialitesocial? >> about an hour west of washington in the foothills of virginia in the shenandoah valley, the blue ridge mountains. it's horse country, there's a whole social set out there, part of the washington social scene when they come back into town and apparently the salahis were members of that set or aspiring members of that set. they have run polo competitions and there's fighting back and forth over the inheritance of a winery. but here's the basic story. these folks who have got a camera crew following them around from bravo, which is an nbc property. are essentially reality show wannabes, they want to be on one of these real housewives shows. they show up on tuesday night, the first state dinner that the president has show
of arm-twisting that will go on behind-the-scenes. kelly, thank you. >>> president obama is giving the official orders on afghanistan ahead of his prime time speech tomorrow night. we are hearing part of his plan for the troops' commitment will not be open-ended. we will get the latest from white house. >>> plus, the white house press secretary whaermd questions just a little bit ago about this couple crashed the state dinner. how did it happen? what are they going to do to make sure it never happens again? really, the burning question of the day, should this couple face charges for party crashing? >>> police in washington state are frantically looking for a cop killer. they have lost some precious time because they thought they were in a standoff with the man. they weren't. we are also learning more about the suspect on the run. as it stands now, armed and dangerous and no one knows where he is. we will be right back. now, in a not-so-mini size. the all-new gmc terrain. with an epa estimated 32 miles per gallon highway. may the best car win. transform drinks you want, into cold me
of the aisle that last year, voters overwhelmingly voted for barack obama. to lead changes, to make changes. one of the changes he campaigned so hard on was changes in the health care system. and just as surely, voters elected democrats to majorities, big majorities in the house and the senate to do the same thing. so it is our responsibility to lead. >> when senator reid brought this bill out, he said of all the bills i've seen, it is the best. to me, it is the best of the worst bills that i could ever see. and this is just more of the same. >> in the bigger picture, some hispanic lawmakers say the white house is behind a push in congress to prohibit illegal immigrants from buying insurance in an exchange. the house bill that passed earlier would prevent illegal immigrants from getting subsidies to buy insurance but they would be allowed to use their own money to buy plans from an insurance exchange. the senate bill goes even further and cuts off the option to allow illegal immigrants to buy a plan from an exchange. congressional hispanic caucus member says "a forensic study would show it
from today, which is pretty quickly. and that's the directive from president obama to intelligence agents to scrub all the information they have. to discover what kind of communications were there between nidal hasan and a radical cleric with alleged ties to al qaeda. and should these intelligence terrorist agencies have put the -- connected the dots as we're used to hearing from the 9/11 commission hearings, to determine that perhaps nidal hasan was a threat and should have been headed off. now, in addition to that, the pentagon and militaries, the army, are conducting their own investigation to figure out exactly who knew what about nidal hasan, some of his more radical communications regarding islam. and what should they have done about it? was that information passed up the chain of command and were opportunities missed there to head off the attacks that occurred on november 5th if i could add one more thing, a follow-up to the discussion about afghanistan, senior military officials are describing tonight's meeting at the white house as, quote, a decisional meeting. that they e
define president obama's presidency. but first, the mystery around tiger woods' car crash is deepening. the florida highway patrol was hoping to talk to the golf star yesterday about the accident friday but so far tiger's not talking. kristen dahlgren is live in windermere for us. let's get the latest. what's going on? >> reporter: well, no sign of tiger woods or his wife this morning. there are other entrances and exits to this exclusive gated community. as you can imagine, a slew of media out here, a lot of questions. the florida highway patrol has questions they want woods to answer, especially after being turned away twice on friday night. they were told that woods was sleeping and were asked to come back saturday. when they got here they had gotten a call from woods' agent saying he and his wife would not talk until today. they are told that woods and his wife will speak with them. they are expected around 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. among those questions, what happened early friday morning, the that caused woods to hit a fire hydrant and a tree in his neighbor's yard. he was found
palin continues touring the country promoting her selling out book, president obama is dealing with a dip in the polls. gallup says the president as approval rating has fallen below 50%. new york times columnist maureen dowd says the president should take notes on palin. she writes barack obama who once had his own electric book tour testing the waters for a campaign could learn a thing or three from palin. palin can be stupefyingly simplistic. obama is impressively complex but seems static. she nurtures her grass roots while he neglects his. it's time for the president to reinvent this formula and convey a more three dimensional person. a.b. stoddard, columnist for "the hill." good morning. are you there? >> you're not hearing me? >> i got you now. what do you make of maureen dowd's advice for the president? >> well, i think the president needs advice with those poll numbers dipping beneglect 50% for the first time but i don't think it's as simple as this. president obama is a commander in chief in two wars, we're in 10.2% unemployment and rising. this country is hurting, peop
the president, as did every guest that came to that state dinner tuesday night, the first ever of the obama administration, that photograph was with released late yesterday and the secret service put out a statement saying they are deeply concerned and embarrassed by this incident and that established protocols were not followed at an initial checkpoint. the story is that in the southeast quadrant of the white house complex a uniformed secret service agent allowed them to pass thinking that at the next check point their credentials would be checked, invitation checked. evidently it wasn't. entered into the white house, got pictures with the vice president, the white house chief of staff, katie couric and other notable individuals. so a lot of red-faced officials here over the last couple of days at the white house. apparently these folks were just publicity seekers. they're from neighboring northern virginia, aspiring socialits. the number of claims they've made about themselves have been debunked. the claims they made on facebook, facebook was the original way we learned they had gotten in
be a headache. >> the obama administration is considering extending the $700 billion financial bailout using about $200 billion of leftover t.a.r.p. funds to pay down the debt. according to an article in today's "washington post," this suspect a popular plan. david cho wrote the article and joins us from the post headquarters in washington, d.c., "washington post" headquarters. david, why is it so unpopular to pay down the debt with the rest of this money? i would think what make a lot of people nervous is the idea that this money is kind of being set aside right now, feels like it is a slush fund, paying down the debt seems like it might be a popular idea but it is not why? >> not a popular idea because right now, we are in the midst of one of the worst resections in the last 50 years and there is already a movement afoot in the house by democrats to take that money and apply to a new jobs bill that they are working on right now. but really what is enormously unpopular here is that using that 200 billion to pay down the deficit basically would be the strategy by the obama administration to
anything if there's a a camera around. one facebook shot appears to show them with president obama and the music group the black eyed peas. as an invited guest to the state dinner, nbc news anchor brian williams shared his reaction to the story. >> if this turns out to be someone's 15 minutes. the equivalent of a state dinner balloon boy and girl, i think it will be tragic and almost pathetic because people in the white house, all white houses work hard. it's hard to put on a state dinner. it was an honor to be invited and an honor for all the invited guests to be there. >> reporter: now the salahis face questions from federal authorities, and some say should face criminal charges. >> the idea of 15 minutes of fame perhaps at the security of the country or a president is just something we're not going to stand for as a nation. >> reporter: well, we have talked, of course, to the secret service who is investigating very closely this couple, and they also point out that no guest, and certainly not the president, were ever in danger because every guest is put through a magnetometer, a
than half the states added jobs in on. . and gallup says that president obama's approval rating is down to 49%. i'm here with the senior editor for talking points. let's get to the president's approval rating hovering near 50%. gallup says this is not statistically significant. symbolically speaking this is a development. how does this affect the president's agenda if at all? >> obviously the president would prefer being mostly popular with the american people. but the white house talks about this a lot, they say they don't pay attention to the every day ups and downs in the polls. they do cite the ones that make him look good. he came in with astronomical popularity after the election. but i think part of this is the american people are concerned about the economy, but also they have seen that his agenda has become stalled in part buzz of what's happening on capitol hill. if health care reform happens, they're probably going to see an uptick in those approval ratings. >> the labor department says that unemployment rose 29% in october. could this be the main factor driving the president
. the national christmas tree arrived yesterday by horse-drawn carriage. first lady michelle obama and daughters malia and sasha came out to check out the tree. it is an 18 1/2 foot douglas fir that will be on display in the white house blue room throughout the holidays. >>> an estimated 150 million people are expected to visit a shopping mall this holiday weekend alone and they all have one thing in common, looking for a big bargain. and likely a pet electronic hamster, too. the big country for retailers now, will consumers spend more or less this holiday shopping season? >> less. i'm doing my nephews, i'm doing my children and that's about it. >> and joining me now is cnbc's melissa lee. very good morning to you. >> good morning, alex. >> let's talk about what happened. retailers revamped the black friday strategy from last year to this. major deals out there. >> they really learned their lesson from last year. last year they were simply saddled with merchandise which forced them to cut prices more deeply as we approached the holiday season. and this year they have less inventory, which remove
but it is a highly symbolic point. gallup says president obama's approval rating is at 49% meaning he can no longer boast a majority of americans approval. the president's approval rating was 68% when he first took office. i'm joined now live from washington by democratic strategist peter fen and republican strategist, john, and good morning to both of you. >> good morning, alex. >> peter, the senate is debating health care reform right now. the cornerstone of the obama agenda. if ever you want the majority of americans behind you, boy, now would be the time wouldn't you think? >> i sure would think so, alex. obviously, this is tough economic times for the country. the president has been in office nearly almost ten and a half months and would he like to be up in the 60s? sure. but the two presidents in modern history who had similar poll numbers we have to remember were at this time ronald reagan and bill clinton and both of them ended up being two-term presidents. so i think what he's put in place for this stimulus package, hopefully the passage of real health care legislation, will turn these pol
in october. and president obama's approval rating is below 50% in two major polls. gallup says the president's approval is at 49%. that's down from 68% when he took office. i'm joined right now live from washington by christina bellantoni, senior reporter for talking points memo. good to see you. >> good morning, alex. >> let's get to what gallup says about all this. says it is not a statistical development because his approval has been near 50% before. but it is a symbolic one. so what is the symbolism here? >> well, you know, from the white house perspective, they always say that they don't pay attention to polls. yet they cite the ones that make them look good when they need to. this is something that, you know, the president has had a tough series of weeks. some of the things that he wants to see happen have been stalled on capitol hill. but i don't think they're too worried about the ups and downs in the interim. you don't have any elections coming up. they already went through the 2009 elections. so right now they're just really focused on, they want this health care bill to pass. so t
the obama administration's decision to try 9/11 suspects in a civilian court. the lawyers argue many place too much faith in military commissions, especially considering the commissions may not be valid. and they write changes in constitutional, international and military laws since military commissions were last used during world war ii have produced great uncertainty about the commission's validity. i'm joined now by nbc news terrorism analysts mike sheehan and edward coleman. michael you believe trials should not be held here in new york, why not? >> terrorism, alex, terrorism is about the media, it's about a psychological attack against our population. and this trial of the century, the hoopla at the center of ground zero just increases the threat level in new york city in my view significantly and unnecessarily. >> evan? >> i think it's probably true that there's probably going to be increased security problem, or a security risk. but we have to go back to the other question, which is the legal question, is the military commissions reliable? is this a reliable process to put someone l
continues touring the country promoting the sold out book, president obama's dealing with a dip in popularity. gallup says that president's approval rating fallen below the 50% mark. maureen dowd says the president should take notes on palin's popularity writing -- erin bill sgs deputy editor for roll call and manu raja for politico. good morning to you both of you. ladies first, what do you make of maureen dowd's advice for the president, erin? >> it is interesting but as a president of the united states in the spotlight on you as the president, you're having to govern and make the tough decisions, it is more difficult to appease everyone, and make everyone happy. it is easier out there selling a book and, you know, trying to appeal to the base which is what sarah palin's doing. >> manu, is the president's dip in the polls about policy or about perception? >> i think it is about jobs and the economy. i mean, as we have seen, that the economy's still struggling. ton employment rate is above 10%. and that was reflected in the new jersey and virginia governor's races earlier this
have the strength to relieve arthritis pain all day. >>> welcome back. we're watching president obama right now. he is highlighting several initiative design to boost signs technology engineering and mathematical. we will see what he has to say. we're not listening in live but we will monitor the president's comments and bring it to you any news if it is made today. >>> vampires ruling the weekend. the twilight sequel "new moon" took it in more than $140 million. >>> after months of speculation, years of speculation quite honestly, prince william is ready apparently to get married. there is growing speculation about a picture that emerged showing his girlfriend of six years kate middleton, wearing a ring at a movie premiere the other night. it's not a diamond and it's not on her right finger. but it is not stopping the tabloids and anyone else who likes watching the royals. speculate as to whether marriage is around the corner. poor girl! she can't wear a ring at all! >> at least it's not a necklace. we'll watch it. >>> could this be the beginning of the end for the health care debate
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